You don't have to be a politician engaging in ill-advised sexting to be wary about security. In fact, you don't need to be doing anything wrong at all to want privacy when texting. Hushed is an app that puts a second phone number on your phone and offers complete anonymity for texting, calling, voicemails, and auto-replies. With over three million downloads, 20 million calls, and 200 million messages sent, Hushed has proven to be an app people trust without having to go through the pain of swapping SIM cards, or buying a physical burner phone. Here's everything you have to know about Hushed.
Who's It For
It goes without saying that Hushed is for people who want privacy and anonymity with their phone and don't want their phone number spreading throughout the world. That being said, this isn't necessarily an app for sketchy people — Hushed can be used for facilitating deals on Craigslist, Airbnb, a blind date, or any situation in which you're not keen on using your real number. Hushed is perfect for the kind of contacts that only need your number once and protects your real number from being spread around. Let's face it, this is also for people who've got a little something on the side — be that a person or certain brand of illegal dealing.
Why We Love It
- Offers free private texting to other Hushed users.
- You can create and do whatever you want with Hushed PINs — you're free to share it or "burn" it after you're done.
- Messages and pictures are auto-deleted shortly after they're received, eliminating any evidence from being found.
- Hushed offers a customizable voicemail and call-forwarding
- Choose from a short or long-term contract, including Pay-As-You-Go. You can add minutes and other numbers easily.
- Works for iPhone and Android
What They're Saying
"Hushed$25.00 at Hushed is a lot like Burner, but available in over 40 countries. If you're worried about the minutes left on your actual mobile phone contract, Hushed goes for VoIP, meaning it'll default to making calls over Wi-Fi rather than the data network, when available. Text communications between Hushed users is all free, and they auto-delete after being read." — PCMag
"The Hushed app, live now on Google Play, is a fully integrated voice client for Android phones, which allows users to buy a 7-day, 30-day or 90-day phone number. Each number comes with incoming and outgoing capabilities as well as voicemail, making it a viable, more lightweight alternative to something like Google Voice, for example." — TechCrunch
"If your goal is something a bit more permanent, Hushed charges $29.99 for a one-year plan. (Interestingly, StackSocial currently has a deal running that gives you a lifetime Hushed subscription for $25.) Whatever you choose, options include a custom voicemail message and support for call-forwarding." — CNet
"Hushed can be used for any scenario where you need to receive calls or text messages privately, or just want to organize them by topic. You can create phone numbers specifically to post publicly if you're renting a room or selling something, and corral all of your calls and messages together accordingly. If you're traveling abroad, you can buy a number in the country you're visiting so you can be easily contacted by locals. Each Hushed number comes with voicemail, so you don't have to dump those calls into your normal voicemail inbox. When you're finished with a number, just delete it and it's gone forever." — LifeHacker
"Possibly even more cool are the options for choosing your phone numbers. Pick a country (want to open a "branch office" in Paris? Done!), state and area code, and you're good to go. Using VOIP technology all inbound and outbound calls are routed over the Internet using either your iPhone's WiFi or 3G/4G/LTE connection for use anywhere in the world without using up your mobile minutes or incurring voice roaming charges. The app also features a PIN-lock to restrict access to the app, securing all your phone numbers, call histories and texts." — GoTechHaven
- Not the most original app out there, citing the CEO of Burner to call it an "obvious clone."
- Slightly more expensive than Burner, with plans starting at $5.99 for 30 days/50 minutes/150 texts.
- There have been reports of connectivity issues, with one user saying "I found that while I could hear the other person on the line, they often could not hear me."
Where to Buy It
Download Hushed on the App store or Google Play for free.
Click here and use the code ASKMEN25 to get a lifetime deal on a second phone number for just $25, including 1,100 texts and 500 voice minutes annually.
Meet the Competition
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